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[chints] /tʃɪnts/
a printed cotton fabric, glazed or unglazed, used especially for draperies.
a painted or stained calico from India.
Origin of chintz
1605-15; earlier chints, plural of chint < Gujarati chī̃ṭ Unabridged
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  • chintz upholstery fabric is appearing in a downtown shop this season.
  • Furnished in antiques and chintz, the cottages have hardwood floors and face the ocean.
  • Rich woods and chintz valences give the eatery a homey yet upscale atmosphere.
  • It was a comfortable, personal sort of place with cheerful chintz hangings.
  • His apartment was small but decorated to the nines with chintz-covered, overstuffed chairs.
  • Mark my words, chintz, brown furniture and handmade pieces are back.
  • Sitting on a chintz upholstered slipper chair with her elbow slung across the top, her casual pose exudes self-confidence.
  • chintz calico formed the curtains, put up without cornices.
  • Many pretty chintz shadow effects anil dark tapestry patterns are here displayed.
  • The chintz bug has made iU appearance in some sections, to the alarm of many farmers.
British Dictionary definitions for chintz


a printed, patterned cotton fabric, with glazed finish
a painted or stained Indian calico
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi chīnt, from Sanskrit citra gaily-coloured
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Word Origin and History for chintz

1719, plural of chint (1610s), from Hindi chint, from Sanskrit chitra-s "clear, bright" (cf. cheetah). The plural (the more common form of the word in commercial use) became regarded as singular by late 18c., and for unknown reason shifted -s to -z; perhaps after quartz. Disparaging sense, from the commonness of the fabric, is first recorded 1851 in George Eliot (in chintzy).

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